Conferences And The Other Dilemmas They Bring!

SOCIAL MEDIA | | January 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I love planning for conferences. I love being alone on a flight. I love being able to shut the bathroom door in a hotel room (and if I am sharing a room I figure my room mate appreciates that too). I love making myself pretty (well as pretty as I know how to make myself look). I love eating adult food and sipping wine. I love hugging my bloggy buddies IRL (in real life). I love learning new things. I love being in a room of people that actually get what I do (well somewhat). Better yet I love being around people who appreciate what I do (well some do). But…

I miss my babies. They drive me insane. In fact there are moments I actually utter threats like “I can’t wait for the conference next week!” ┬áBut as I sit here excited to attend my first Blissdom conference (thanks to Mom It Forward – my awesome conference sponsors – awesome to have people you love sponsor you) I worry. Oh, and I am not just talking about the weather. That pending snow storm on the day I fly out of Boston to Nashville does not help one bit. There are several storms to weather when you head to a conference.

Even with sponsorships conferences cost. Everything from the transport to the airport to the other meals, to arranging babysitters, food for home and sometimes lost pay with hubby taking time off from work. Then add to trying to make everything as ready as possible in your absence. The clothes, the food, the school prep, the birthday parties (responding, presents, clothing), the extra classes like dance (and the costumes) should be enough to make your head spin. You would think that would be enough but we also have therapy sessions, school pickups from 2 schools in opposite directions and I am sure there is so much I am forgetting. I am sure there will be adventures and drama with me away, and while I know hubby has strategies in place, I am aware there will be some repercussions.

Then of course there is the guilt. That one is too much too much to tackle even as I garner the strength from a glass of wine. So let’s leave that topic for another post or on the other hand maybe not. I think I just need to remind myself about that whole beauty of the closed bathroom door again!


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    The feelings surrounding attending conferences or traveling for work are the same. This wknd was the first time DH went away for 3 days all by himself.

    After being home with them the past yr and half not working, he finally gets to experience what I feel every time I go away. The excitement, the missing of the family, and the guilt.

    Keep the guilt at bay and enjoy Blissdom! Wish I was going too!

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    Rob says:

    Try to forget all of that and have a great time while at Blissdom!

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    Sometimes, getting ready to go away is harder than being away…at least for me.

    I look forward to seeing you again. (We met at Blogalicious…) And, welcome to Nashville, my great, great hometown.

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    Molly Gold says:

    THis is exactly why its so imporant to get out to conferences that you know will have a great impact on your career, your creativity, and your soul. Like the Girl Scouts code~ its about Character, Courage, and Confidence and in order to do it well, you have to learn and engage. Being selective insures that its work it every time you go and I know I’ll miss being at Blissdom more than any other event all year. Yes, I’m going in 2012 =)

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    Jamie says:

    I will be at Blissdom Thurs-Sat. You will love Nashvile and Blissdom! :)

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    lisa says:

    Not getting to blissdom but working my way to blogher and thankful that there shouldn’t be much extra to leave for hubby to do. But i know i will still feel guilty

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    I totally understand. It is really hard this time since the conference is soo mid week. I have a big giant list I’m leaving on the fridge and I only have one kid.

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    Yakini says:

    It is natural to worry, Niri – that just means you’re a good mom! It sounds like you’ve got everything covered though.

    Enjoy!!!!! I hope to make it to Blissdom one year soon! :-)

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    Tamara says:

    Easier to say, harder to do…but enjoy you’re “adult” time away. :-)

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